Why We Do The Things We Do

What a thoroughly delightful and thought provoking book. Though I do have some advice for the author, if you are planning some book signings you might want to avoid the bible belt. There are some who might take umbrage at some of your conclusions.

I recently previewed a fabulous DVD set that is coming out in June, the series consists of an Art Historian critiquing some well known paintings and revealing their hidden secrets. It was with this DVD in mind that I picked up Dominance & Delusion. I looked at the cover art, and immediately understood its deeper meaning. Whoever designed it should win an award.

I think the best way to describe this book is that it is a well argued 300 page rant, and while it may upset some, I certainly feel that it contains much of value. M. A. Curtis kicks the action off with a good thrashing of the Creationist movement. The idea that the Earth was created as if by magic 10,000 years ago is lunacy of the first order. He makes strong arguments about fossil history and the geologic time line.

Creationists also disagree with evolution, evolution is bunk they argue. There is clear scientific evidence that Darwin was right in his theory of natural selection. A quick trip to any public library will reveal many books on the subject.

Creationism is not the only target M. A. Curtis turns his howitzer on, He is indiscriminate about targets, everything is fair game, religion in general, war, AIDS, General Motors, and famous dictators, to name but a few.

In the opening salvo he explains that this is a book of why’s. Why we as humans act the way we do. And I think that is a great question. There is little rationality in many peoples actions. Is that generic, or sociological? I am not sure. But what I am clear about is our need for dominance, not everyone can be the alpha male or alpha female of the tribe, but everyone in their own way does seek to dominate.

We are often ‘Delusional’ as well, the two seemingly completely unassociated concepts are in fact close bed fellows.

It just so happened that this was a very timely book for me to read. My wife and I are currently investigating a sex abuse case, the victim is 3 years old. We have created a war zone on line as a result. People are being delusional, and certainly also want to dominate.

I read this book in a single sitting, I could not put it down, there is so much ground covered in it that to review it properly would take another book!

Piltdown man, Lucy, Fidel Castro, Idi Amin, the list of characters goes on and on.

There is also a lively discussion on social behavior and the how that itself has evolved over our long history.

Another subject that gets a well deserved berating is Communism as opposed to capitalism.

This book certainly held my interest, and I recommend it to anyone that is looking for an honest and very thought provoking work on why we are the way we are. If you have an open mind and like a good debate, this will be food for your gray matter.

You can get your copy of Dominance & Delusion from Amazon. I’ll guarantee there is something in this book that will get you riled up and start you thinking. There is also an entertaining web site dominanceanddelusion.com.

Simon Barrett

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